The Buckeyes bury Michigan, Ticket Tax underperforming and a Columbus expat tops the Billboard charts

Ohio State beating Michigan is starting to become as commonplace as ComFest getting rained out. On Saturday, the Buckeyes rolled over the Wolverines, piling up points en route to a 56-27 victory — the team’s eighth straight over its northern “rivals.” The mismatch left Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh feeling a bit, um, testy, as this exchange shows.

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Remember the hotly debated Ticket Tax that the city argued was essential to sustaining arts funding locally, as well as providing needed upgrades to Nationwide Arena? Well, with four months of tax collection in the books, early revenues are falling well short of what tax proponents believed would be generated, according to a recent Dispatch report, which noted that the amount raised was on track to net less than 25 percent of the annual estimates.

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Columbus expat Trippie Redd recently reached rarified air. The rapper’s new album, A Love Letter to You 4, just hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart — a first for the prolific Redd, whose previous three albums all cracked the top 10 but never quite nabbed the top spot. Deepening the local connection, tracks on the album were produced by Angel Lopez, who recently relocated from Galloway to Los Angeles, and who you can read about in this great profile by Alive associate editor Joel Oliphint.